Grand Junction’s Octopus Coffee opens second shop on Horizon Drive
WHAT: Octopus Coffee
WHERE: 759 Horizon Dr., Suite F, Grand Junction; 2678 S. Hwy 50, Orchard Mesa
COST: $3-5 for espresso drinks
INFO: Find Octopus Coffee on Facebook
For Grand Junction resident Alexis Bauer, Octopus Coffee is more than a morning pit stop; it’s about creating a community. And, to do just that, she recently opened a second location at 759 Horizon Dr., Suite F, in Grand Junction. It is open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“We can bring people together here,” Bauer said, adding: “I wanted to do more with food, especially pastries.”
Bauer’s flagship Orchard Mesa location — a coffee stand located at 2678 S. Hwy. 50 — will continue to serve coffee and paninis. Its hours of operation span Monday through Saturday, 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sundays, 7 a.m. to noon.
Customers, like Frankie Goggans of Orchard Mesa, frequents both locations.
“She knows how to wake me up in the morning,” Goggans said.
According to Bauer, her coffee is never more than an hour old.
“It’s as fresh as you can get,” she explained.
Plus, customers are always encouraged to bring their own mugs to Octopus Coffee for a discount.
The store additionally offers board games as a way to connect customers and entertain, and local art is hung on the walls.
“Our playfulness sets us apart I think,” Bauer said of her business. “When you’re in a good mood, you try new things.”
The new location offers fresh pastries like cinnamon rolls, rice-crispy treats, bagels and more. It also offers breakfast burritos made from scratch.
Bauer uses all organic flour and cruelty-free meats. Eventually she will receive produce from Palisade’s Field to Fork CSA.
According to Bauer, the octopus came to be part of her brand after many “long nights in front of a computer.”
“I wanted a strong animal image,” she said. “When you’re behind the machine, having long lines, it’s crazy … it’s like you have eight arms to get everything done.
“Plus, the octopus has three hearts, which means there is lots of love.”
ABOUT THE OWNER
Bauer has been serving coffee since 1995. She moved to the Grand Valley two years ago after living in California and Crested Butte.
“I’m so happy to be in Grand Junction,” she said. “I love the fresh food and fruit here. I love to hike and bike and we have great trails.
“It’s nice that I can have a business, but still have a life.”
For more information about Octopus Coffee, find it on Facebook.
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